Friday, December 11, 2009

Snowflake Freebie

Here is another snowflake freebie - the same snowflake in five different styles and a grey scale one to use as a clipping mask or template. Hope you like it. If you download, please leave a comment. You can download it       (Sorry, link expired)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


A few months ago I took a free course in framing and special effects from Jessica Sprague. One of the best things I learned was about the use of textures. Jessica shared some links for freebie textures on Flickr, but I have since found out about a wonderful blog from Rita at Coffeeshop. It is called Shadowhouse Creations and features his wonderful artwork, plus some free textures and brushes. It is well worth a visit. I downloaded some of the textures and started playing.

This is the photo I used - straight out of the camera, no adjustments.

This was with tone textures from Shadowhouse Creations - #3, soft light, opacity 50%

Then I added tone texture #4, soft light, opacity 100%

On this one I used the soft translucent tone #9, Shadowhouse Creations, color burn, opacity 75%

On this one, I used tone texture #10, again from Shadowhouse Creations, overlay, 100% then added his painterly effect texture, soft light, 75% opacity.

I love what these textures can do and how they enhance photos.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Freebie Mini Kit

I did these papers back in May for a photo of orchids taken at Longwood Gardens. They were just sitting on my hard drive, so I thought I'd share them. Hope you like them. If you do download, please leave a comment. They are much appreciated. You can get the mini-kit         (Sorry, link expired)

Friday, November 20, 2009

New Template Freebie

I just did another template. My templates and layouts tend to be very simple. Hope you like it. If you download, please leave a comment.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Snowflake Freebie

I found a tutorial by Marge Wirth for making snowflakes and had a grand time playing. There is one snowflake with five different styles. If you like them feel free to download, but please leave a comment if you do.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Red Letter Day and New Freebie

This has been an exciting day for me - both DigiFree and Creative Busy Hands have several of my freebies listed. There have been over twenty downloads too, which really made me feel good. I just wish someone would have made a comment though.

Oh well, today I have a template which I made for an exchange earlier this year. It is the first, and the only, one I ever did. So if you like it, feel free to download it, but please leave me a comment if you do.

You can get the template here:
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Add-On for Hummies Color Challenge

I just did an add-on for the November color challenge at Hummie's World.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Kit

I just designed another small kit for a color challenge over at Hummie's World. If anyone is interested in downloading, the links are:   Sorry, links expired.
 I just have a free account at Mediafire, so it will take a bit of time to download. If you download, please leave me a comment.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tessa - A Tribute

We lost our sweet little kitty on Saturday. She was 18 and was my companion for 17 years. I really miss her - she was the best and the prettiest little kitty in the world.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

A Different Treatment

I changed things around a bit and gave these photos a different treatment, but still used the nICE AGE kit by Marta Van Eck. Not sure which way I like best. Hmmmmmm.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Several days ago I won a kit by Marta Van Eck called nICE AGE. It's filled with lots of goodies. I was absolutely thrilled! The layout above was done with her kit. I took the photos last year on the towpath along the Cuyahoga River. Well, actually, I took the river photo and DH took the one of me that is blended. Marta sells her designs at Gotta Pixel and nICE AGE is available there.

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Falling Leaves . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . drift by my window. It has begun - the leaves are starting to come down. Yesterday we got five bags full and that is only the beginning. To be honest, my DH did all the blowing and raking, I only helped with the bagging. The leaves here peaked last week and they were gorgeous - shades of gold and red and orange. We hiked three of the trails on the hiking spree last week. My favorite one was the Glens Trail in the Gorge Metropark. That trail follows the Cuyahoga River, mostly about 50 feet above it. We were there late in the day and the lighting was perfect, casting lovely reflections on the river. It would have been a wonderful Kodak moment except for one thing - my camera was at home!

The photo above was taken on the Mingo Trail two years ago. I added a texture by pareeerica called Dark Cloudy Frame which really brought out the golden glow. The photo was OK SOOTC but the texture made it better.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Portrait of Tessa

This is my 18 year old kitty, Tessa. 17 years ago, a friend who knew I wanted a cat saw a notice at her vet's office and gave it to me. A young couple were looking for a home for a stray they had found. I contacted them, went to see Tessa, and the rest is history. When she was younger, she used to chase balls and bring them back to me to throw again. She doesn't do that anymore. Most of the time she can be found sleeping in her favorite spots - when she isn't yowling for food or attention - lol.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

This is my entry for a challenge in the Textures for Layers group at Flickr. The photograph of the house was provided and we can change it any way we like as long as we use textures provided by the group. The people participating are really creative. My picture is quite tame in comparison, but anyway, I summoned some courage and posted it in the challenge. Details of the textures I used can be found here: Houseboat

Monday, September 21, 2009

New header and background!

Just gave my blog an update.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

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I just designed my first kit for Hummie's August color challenge. This has been a real learning experience. Wonder if anyone will download it?

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Great Blue Heron

We did our first hike of the spring spree on Saturday. On the way past the beaver marsh I stopped to watch this fella fishing while Bob went on back to the car. I almost missed him, but a woman who was also taking photos pointed him out. My telephoto lens would have been nice!

Dark BG by Bit O Scrap and light BG by Moune.
cat tails by GS Creations
flying heron was free clip art

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Two pages that I just did for our photo album. The background is by Shawn Headley Designs and the daffodil embellishment is by Hummie from her Soggy Spring kit.

Monday, April 20, 2009

These are two photos of my furbaby, Tessa. She is over 17 years old and getting a bit crabby, but she is still one gorgeous kitty.

Unfortunately, I don't have the names of the designers who did the backgrounds, word arts, photo masks and embellishments. I didn't write them down. Stupid of me, I know, and it won't happen again.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Here is what it looks like at a nearby park. DH kindly stopped the car so I could roll down the window and take a photo.
This is April - It is SPRING. The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing. Why is it snowing?!! We woke up to about five inches of snow this morning and it is still snowing. This is all courtesy of the Lake Erie snow machine. The winds were supposed to shift in a more favorable direction at noon, but that time has been moved back until this evening. Meanwhile it is still snowing. The daffodils were just starting to bloom. You could see bits of yellow in the buds. Now they are flattened and probably knocked out for the season.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Hip Hip Hooray! Got the background figured out!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

This is a work in progress.